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Our retail store operation

High Desert Heirloom Farm is to be partially financed by our retail operation at High Desert Tobacco. It’s an online store selling tobacco related products such as cigarette machines, cigarette tubes, and rolling papers. We also sell some flags, including Confederate themed flags.

The store started out well enough but things got a bit dicey soon after. We were selling whole leaf tobacco and that caused us some problems. Even though whole leaf tobacco is NOT considered a ‘tobacco product” but just a simple agricultural product, PayPal and most merchant account services do not see it that way. We lost the ability to process payments for a while.

In order to gain a merchant account, we had to drop our whole leaf tobacco lines. So be it. We’ll get back to those sales in time.

The bottom line is that High Desert Tobacco online store is again, open for business! Please stop by and take a look at our excellent inventory and great pricing!


High Desert Tobacco, NOT selling tobacco

Yep, the headline is right. Unfortunately, High Desert Tobacco has been forced into a position of not selling any tobacco of any kind.

It’s a long, drawn out, sort of thing having to do with payment processing. So, due to the current difficulty with processing payments, High Desert Tobacco has dropped all of their whole leaf tobacco offerings.

They will still offer everything else! Rolling papers, cigarette tubes, rolling machines, injector machines, shredders, filters, and flags though and at damn good prices too!

Whole leaf tobacco – not what you think

Whole leaf tobacco

Not the evil weed you’ve been led to believe

High Desert Tobacco sells only natural whole leaf tobacco. We decided on this product, instead of selling commercially prepared tobacco products, for many reasons. Some of those reasons are:

  • It is a simple agricultural product, not taxed.
  • Whole leaf tobacco does not have 599+ chemicals introduced into commercial cigarettes.

  • Natural tobacco in the whole leaf form has many uses beside that of smoking or chewing.

  • The end user has total control over how he/she uses the tobacco leaf.

Tobacco, in general, has come under attack mostly due to the devastating health effects seen in people who have been smoking commercially produced cigarettes and chewing tobacco. What most people do not know, because they have never been told, is that natural tobacco is not nearly as harmful as the anti-tobacco lobby would have you believe.

“Being one of two main categories exempt from being required to label the ingredients (the other one being alcoholic beverages), tobacco products are usually laden with additives. Any attempt to make labeling the ingredients obligatory has been smothered by the tobacco industry. Now, I have heard many times that cigarettes have additives, but once I looked deeper into the subject, I realized this was not only true, but true to a perverted extent.

In the US, the industry uses over 600 intentional chemical additives to blended cigarettes. Furthermore, there is a myriad of additives present in tobacco final products which are not intentionally added, but are simply a by-product of growing and production process.

These include: various microorganisms, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, heavy metals, foreign materials such as metal, cardboard, styrofoam, wood fragments, small animals and insects, and other elements such as organic solvents and dioxins.

The tobacco industry claims that all of the additives used in the manufacture of cigarettes and other tobacco products are approved for use by the FDA GRAS (generally regarded as safe) list. However, problem is the ingredients on these lists have never been approved in products that are intended to be burned or inhaled. ” Citation – forgotten-healing-properties-of-tobacco

We, at High Desert Tobacco, are working to bring the tobacco user back to the natural form of tobacco as it comes from the tobacco farm. Simply cured, by air, heat, or fire, and baled up.

Now that we’ve done a short introduction, let’s get into some of the things that whole leaf tobacco can be used for. We’ll start off with uses that do not involve the smoking, chewing, or other ingestion of tobacco.

Tobacco can make an effective pesticide and pest repellant! Tobacco dust and a tea made from tobacco dust makes a very effective pesticide and pest repellant! A very little of this goes a long way too. Tobacco leaves should be dried until they are brittle then ground into a very fine powder. A hand cranked coffee grinder that can grind “espresso” will do fine for this.

Your tobacco dust can be sprinkled around the base of your plants to discourage insects and rodents. Dust poured into gopher holes will make them vacate that hole. You can also make a tea from the dust to make a nicotine spray for your plants. Here’s the mix!

  • 1 teaspoon tobacco dust

  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap

  • 1 gallon of water.

  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

Mix the amount of liquid soap into your water. Then, mix in the tobacco dust, and after the entirety of your tobacco dust has been added, slowly mix in the black pepper while stirring the whole mix. Stir for 5-10 minutes then let steep for 1 hour. After than, it’s ready to be sprayed onto your plants. remember that nicotine can be absorbed through the skin so, wear appropriate protection.

Medicinal Use


“Indians used tobacco as a pain reliever for ear aches, toothaches and as a poultice. The leaves of N. attenuata variety were mainly used for the medical purposes. In fact, currently there are test studies being performed to find a way to extract the pain relieving components of tobacco and remove the addictive ones to use for medical purposes. Note that the medical profession will not allow nicotine to be a treatment for medical issues or mental illnesses due to to the health risks; but they are studying the benefits of tobacco nonetheless.

To make a poultice, crush the leaves to place on the affected area to relieve medical issues.

Skin Rashes, Eczema and rheumatismIndians used a poultice of tobacco leaves to put on skin inflammations to help soothe and relieve pain. Although there is documented accounts that tobacco has pain relieving qualities, this author could not find any information on how tobacco soothed skin inflammation.

Toothaches – This poultice could also be placed in the mouth to alleviate pain from toothaches.

Rattlesnake and Insect Bites – Indians believed that the nicotine in the tobacco would help relieve pain as well as help draw out the poison and heal the snake wound. After the poison had been sucked out, chewed leaves could be applied to cuts or bound on the bite with a bandage. This method can also be used when stung by an insect.

Colds – Indians would mix tobacco and leaves from the Desert Sage plant, or the root of Indian Balsam (or cough root), Leptotaenia Multifida. They believed this would also help with asthma and tuberculosis. They typically smoked the leaves to clear out nasal passages.

Toothpaste – In India, powdered tobacco is rubbed on the teeth for cleaning. This method is still used in India and marketed in stores around the country.

Tobacco can be, and has been, used in artwork. Naturally cured tobacco leaves, when most, are very flexible and can be manipulated easily. The center ribs of large leaves are tough and fibrous, when moist, they are easily bent to just about any form. Colors range from a bright yellow to a deep, dark, mahogany.

However, the most common use for tobacco today is smoking or chewing. By using whole leaf tobacco, you can turn it into whatever form you desire and, by blending various types, come up with a product you like better than anything on the commercial tobacco market.

Those who like chewing tobacco can experiment with various types and use various flavorings, such as molasses, fruit, salt, and liquors.

Using only a couple of types of tobacco, people can easily make nice little cigarillos rolled using regular hand rollers.

Pipe smokers will find that they can have an almost endless variety of flavor using only three or four types of tobacco. They can even try flavoring by using many of the same things the chewing tobacco maker might use.

Cigarette smokers will find that they can blend tobacco in such a manner as to have the lightest of ultra light cigarettes all the way to blending to have a high nicotine heavy flavored cigarette. These can be accomplished using one, two, or many, tobacco leaf types.

Whole leaf tobacco is, of course, the tobacco used to make any good cigar!

All of the above is easily accomplished using whole leaf tobacco that does not have the almost 600 chemicals found in commercial tobacco products.

High Desert Tobacco currently sells the four most common varieties of tobacco for cigarettes, pipe, and chewing tobacco. We also sell everything you need to turn the whole leaves into a great cigarette or pipe tobacco.

One of the great motivators for using whole leaf tobacco is to reduce the cost of smoking. For cigarette smokers, that cost can be around $1 per pack. It only takes 8 ounces of tobacco to make a full carton of cigarettes. A full pound of whole tobacco leaves (costing about $16) will yield around 12 ounces of shredded tobacco. That’s enough for 1 1/2 cartons of cigarettes.

What we feel is an even greater advantage though is quality. With whole leaf tobacco, a person who smokes can blend their tobacco to develop a cigarette or pipe tobacco that is the absolute best they have ever had. I like a very light cigarette but I want some flavor too. I’ve easily managed to do that by blending four types of tobacco:

In real world amounts of tobacco for a full carton of cigarettes, that would be:

  • 4 oz Virginia Brightleaf Flue Cured (very light and lower in nicotine)
  • 1.6 oz Virginia Flue Cured ( average nicotine and a bit more flavor)
  • 0.8 oz Tennessee Burley (high nicotine and can be harsh if too much used)
  • 1.6 oz Turkish (Oriental) Izmir (Very low nicotine but has a nice spicy flavor)

That’s my “current” favorite blend. It’s quite light from my perspective but certainly has good flavor. I have given some cigarettes made of that blend to friends who have described it as smoking nicely flavored air. I’m still experimenting! Who knows, next week, I may have another favorite formula!

Our Youtube channel has good videos that can help the beginner with preparing whole leaf tobacco for use. We even have a “how to roll your own cigarettes” video.


Roll your own cigarettes for the best smoking and lowest cost.

Many people are starting to roll their own cigarettes in order to save a little money. It’s a small but growing trend that will only get larger as states ,and the federal government, keep piling on punitive taxes on cigarettes.

Any tobacco product cut and advertised as “cigarette tobacco” also gets punitively taxed at the state level. that makes saving money by rolling your own cigarettes more difficult.

Some folks have started using “pipe tobacco” that isn’t taxed so heavily to roll their own cigarettes and that is certainly a viable way to go. There are some fine pipe tobacco blends on the market for sure and the price is still fairly reasonable.

We, at High Desert Heirloom, know that there are even better ways to get the best cigarette possible at the lowest cost. We advocate the use of “whole leaf” tobacco. Since whole leaf tobacco is an agricultural product, it is not subject to the punitive taxation that processed tobacco products have. In addition, it’s all natural stuff! No added flavors or chemicals and there are enough varieties so that the smoker can develop a blend he or she finds to be the best smoking in the world.

Our store, High Desert Tobacco,  sells everything you’ll need to blend your own tobacco, enjoy the finest smoking in the world and save huge amounts of money doing it. For the cigarette smoker, that gets you cost down to about $1 per pack!

We’re excited to have several new products to offer in addition to our fine whole leaf tobacco.

Here are a few of the items we have recently started to sell:

Powermatic S tobacco leaf shredder:

The Powermatic S is an electric powered leaf shredder that provides perfectly shredded tobacco for cigarettes. Yes, it costs $275 plus shipping but, for the average, 2 pack per day, smoker, that’s less than he or she would spend in one month buying commercially made cigarettes.

Here is a video of the Powermatic S shredder


Another product from Zico USA is the Powermatic MINI cigarette injector machine. We have these in black and white versions.

Of course, we have rolling papers, filters, tubes, more injector machines, and much more to come.

Avoid the “Tax Monster”!

Stop feeding the enemy! Really, we feed the government more than enough through payroll and sales taxes. there is no need to feed it more money to waste in order to get the things you desire.

Many of the things you buy are taxed heavily long before you get your hands on them. Then, you have to pay sales tax on top of it! It’s simply wrong.

The government tries to say it’s taxing the “business”. Ummmm…. bullshit!

Yes, the “business” that produces the things subject to heavy excise and “sin” taxes do send that money to the treasury but, YOU PAY THE TAX in the form of increased cost for the product you want! Every time the government institutes, or increases, a tax on something, YOU PAY in the form of increased prices.

Well, there is a little known secret.

If you’re willing to do so, you can get the materials before any tax is imposed and then put it all together yourself. by doing that, there IS NO excise tax!

Home brewers of beer and makers of wine have known this for decades! They make their own beer and wine, bypassing the federal and local excise taxes entirely.

Another segment of consumers are being taxed to death and are slowly finding out they too can bypass the taxman.That segment of the population are those people who smoke tobacco in various forms, pipe, cigarettes, cigars…

Cigarette tobacco is taxed the most heavily at the federal, state, and local, levels. the taxes are now so high that in some places, the lowest price for a pack of cigarettes is over $10!!!! Now, smokers have found that they can save thousands of dollars per year by purchasing their tobacco essentially “straight from the farm” in whole leaf form. All they need to do is shred that tobacco, blend it to their preferred taste, and make their own cigarettes or pipe tobacco.Cigar smokers discovered this a long time ago!

One company catering to the smokers who want to dramatically lower the cost of their cigarettes, as low as $1 per pack, is High Desert Tobacco! They are an online retailer only and you must be over the age of 18 to use their site. They offer the four most common types of tobacco used to make cigarettes and pipe tobacco as well as everything you’ll ever need to make the best, lowest cost, smoke you’ve ever had.

So, if you smoke, pipe, hooka, or cigarettes, head on over to High Desert Tobacco and start saving thousands of dollars per year!

Smoke for less… smoke less too.

Our store, High Desert Tobacco, is offering great deals to help the smoker smoke for far less money, and probably smoke fewer cigarettes at the same time.

The cost of your smoking, if you use whole leaf tobacco and make your own cigarettes, will go down to around $1 per pack! For the 2 pack a day smoker, that can be a savings of  over $4,000 per year! Imagine what you can do with that amount of money!

As for smoking less, I’ll talk from personal experience! When I first started rolling my own cigarettes, using commercially produced cigarette tobacco, my smoking immediately went from over 2 packs per day to one pack per day, and often less than that. The reasons are a bit fuzzy in my mind but, perhaps it was because I was getting a more satisfying smoke and didn’t feel the need to light up as often. Now that I use whole leaf tobacco to blend tobacco to my preferred taste, I do smoke less than a pack per day. The cigarettes are so satisfying I simply do not get the urge as often and I enjoy each and every cigarette much more.

So, what does it cost to use whole leaf tobacco?

Keep in mind that you will probably want four kinds of tobacco:

Virginia Flue Cured is a main ingredient of American cigarette blends:

Virginia Flue cured tobacco. The big center rib of the leaf is easy to see here.
Virginia Flue cured tobacco. The big center rib of the leaf is easy to see here.

We sell Virginia Flue Cured for $15.99 per one pound package or a 1/4 pound package for $4.95. The one pound package is the best deal going and you’ll eventually want to buy this tobacco one pound at a time. You can find it here: Virginia Flue Cured one pound package and here Virginia Flue Cured 1/4 pound package.

I also use Virginia Brightleaf Flue Cured tobacco. This is NOT a normal part of commercial cigarette blends but it does lighten the smoke significantly! If you prefer a light cigarette, you’ll want it and if you prefer an ultra-light cigarette, you’ll want a lot of it!

Virginia Brightleaf tobacco.
Whole leaf Virginia Brightleaf tobacco we’ll sell by the pound or in four ounce packages

We sell Virginia Brightleaf Flue Cured by the pound and by the quarter pound. A one pound package will cost you $15.99 and a 1/4 pound package will cost you $4.95.

Another type you’ll want, but not nearly as much of it unless you like a strong smoke, is Tennessee Burley. I use  a maximum of 25% Tennessee Burley in my smokes. It adds flavor and body as well as a bit of a nicotine hit.

Whole leaf Tennessee Burley tobacco
Whole leaf Tennessee Burley tobacco

As with the previous tobaccos, we sell one pound and quarter pound packages of Tennessee Burley tobacco.

Last, but certainly not least, is our Turkish Izmir tobacco! This is an oriental type of tobacco with tiny leaves. Unlike the Tennessee and Virginia varieties, you don’t have to worry about removing that big center rib. This tobacco will add a nice, sweet/spicy, flavor to your smoke. I use about 15% in my cigarette blend.

A mild, lower nicotine, tobacco.
A mild, lower nicotine, tobacco.

We also sell this by the pound and by the quarter pound.

So, to start, if you’re not sure you want to commit to this route, I would suggest get a 1/4 pound package of each kind. We have actually made up a sampler combo just for that purpose. It contains 1/4 pound packages of each type of tobacco at a small savings. You can find it here for $18.95.

Sampler combo pack of whole leaf tobacco.
1/4 pound packages of four most popular whole leaf tobaccos we sell.

With this package, you will be able to experiment with blends until you find a smoke you absolutely love!

Of course you’ll have to shred the tobacco so you can use it. A hand cranked pasta machine that has spaghetti cutters will do the job or, you can do like many people do and cut it with a knife of scissors. Another option is to buy our hand cranked tobacco shredder or buy the other combo deal that includes that shredder for $56.95. The shredder will last a couple of years in normal use if you don’t abuse it. The shredder by itself is $37.95.

So, let’s say you got that sampler pack by itself. You’ve spent $18.95 so far and you’ll have enough tobacco to make more than a carton of cigarettes… probably close to 2 cartons. Keep that dollar amount in mind.

If you’re like me and want cigarettes that look and smoke like commercially made cigarettes, you’ll need empty tubes that have filters at one end. Those range in price from $2.00 for a carton of 200 to $2.45 for a carton of 250. For menthol smokers, there are tubes to give you that flavor too! All our rolling papers and cigarette tubes are here.

Cigarette tubes.
Full flavor, king sized, cigarette tubes. There are 200 in each box of this brand.

Let’s stay with an experimental venture and you’re just trying this whole leaf thing out so, you just want one carton of cigarette tubes. That’s $2.00. Now, we’re up to $20.95 and only going to make one carton of smokes. That’s more than $1 per pack for sure but still far less than the normal $6 or more per pack of ready-made smokes.

One more thing you’ll want is a way to get the tobacco into those empty tubes! We sell a couple of tobacco injectors just for that purpose and plan on selling more kinds in the near future.

Injector machines come in a lot of varieties but, we suggest you get one that works easily without breaking the bank. Our Powermatic Mini fits that bill perfectly! It’s $17.95 but will work smoothly and give you years of use. It does the job of stuffing your shredded and blended tobacco into your empty tubes.

Cigarette injector machine.
Powermatic Mini cigarette injector machine.

Of course, you can spend as little as $3.00 on an even cheaper type but I doubt you’ll like it much. We sell them because some folks do like them but, I personally do not.

fresh Choice cigarette injector
fresh Choice cigarette injector

OK, so now, we’re up to a total of $38.90 for tobacco and accessories. that’s still less than the cost of one carton of commercially made cigarettes.  The bonus is that the shredder and the injector will last a good long time and all you’ll ever need to buy over again, if you decide to stick with whole leaf tobacco, is the tobacco itself and the tubes, or rolling papers!

Once you know your blend, you’ll also know how much of each type of tobacco you’ll need. Once you know that, you’ll probably start purchasing by the pound and your cost per pack of cigarettes will come down to about $1 per pack!

Each week, we’re going to be adding more products such as power shredders, more injectors, filters for hand rolled cigarettes, pipes (water pipes even!), more brands of rolling papers and cigarette tubes, and we’ll eventually expand our selection of tobaccos too.

I hope this post has been informative!


Our store is now online and operating!

We’ve reached a point where we felt comfortable placing the store in “live” mode. Though we still do not have all of our products listed, we have more than enough for anyone wanting to lower their smoking cost to get started!

The site has been tested by us and it’s working perfectly! We enabled guest checkout so you are not required to get an account, though siging up for one is desirable!. PayPal is our payment processor and YES, you can use your debit or credit card with PayPal WITHOUT having a PayPal account, the link for that is right under the normal PayPal sign-in block on the PayPal page. the reason for using PayPal is because payment takes you OFF of our site t the very secure PayPal site. PayPal secures all of your financial information and we do not process any of it or store any of it on our site’s servers.

So, please visit High Desert Tobacco today!

If you’re paying more than $1 per pack of smokes, you’re paying too much!

OK, that $1 per pack is variable but, an average cost per pack of cigarettes really should not go much more than that! Right now, cigarettes and cigarette tobacco is under tremendous pressure from excessive taxation. In Nevada, the tax on cigarettes has just been increased by ANOTHER $1 per pack! That’s a state tax on TOP of federal excise taxes! That will bring the retail price of commercially produced cigarettes above $6 per pack. In some states, taxes are so onerous that the cost of a pack of cigarettes, even the bad ones, is over $10!

People who are willing to go to a small bit of work, easy work, can easily reduce their costs of smoking cigarettes to under $1 per pack and end up with a cigarette that is the best tasting, chemical free, most satisfying, cigarette they could imagine.

I’m talking about buying tobacco in unprocessed, whole leaf, form and then shredding and blending that tobacco so you can make your own cigarettes. You can get everything you need at High Desert Tobacco!

Of course, if it’s worth it to you to spend 5 to 10 times as much for a chemical laden pack of commercially produced cigarettes, well, that’s up to you.

If you don’t want to spend that much, and still want to have the best cigarette you’ve ever had, keep reading!

The process is pretty simple. You buy three or four ( I use four) types of good tobacco leaf, strip out the big center rib from each leaf, shred the leaf, blend your shredded tobacco in the proportions that give YOU the smoke you like best, then make your cigarettes either rolling with traditional rolling papers or use cigarette tubes and inject the tobacco into them.

I use four kinds of whole leaf tobacco:

  • Virginia Flue Cured – This is traditional cigarette tobacco found in every American blend.
  • Virginia Brightleaf flue Cured – A very light flavored, lower nicotine, tobacco.
  • Tennessee Burley – An air cured tobacco also traditionally part of American cigarette blends.
  • Turkish Izmir – A small air cured leaf that is used to add flavor. It’s very mild and sort of sweet tasting.

My latest experiment was blending 1 ounce of tobacco in the following proportions:

  • .3 ounces of Virginia Flue Cured
  • .3 ounces of Virginia Brightleaf
  • .2 ounces of Tennessee Burley
  • .2 ounces of Turkish Izmir.

All of the above is available now, as well as everything you need to use it, at High Desert Tobacco.

The result of the above formula is a very smooth, fairly light, flavorful smoke!

OK, so what about the whole thing of getting whole leaf tobacco?

Very simply, buying whole leaf tobacco is cheaper! It is not taxed other than local sales tax since it is a pure agricultural product. It is not yet classified as a “tobacco product” since it has not been processed into usable form!

Another detail about using whole leaf tobacco, just as it comes from the farmer, is that no chemicals have been added to it. In fact, if you’re concerned about possible chemicals from fertilizer or insecticides, the leaves can be washed! Yep, just use a damp sponge to wipe them down or even quickly rinse them under cold water and let them dry out again until they are still pliable but not wet before you start pulling out that big center rib and shredding them.

Speaking of that big center rib, you can see it clearly in the photo of Virginia Flue cured tobacco below:

Virginia Flue cured tobacco. The big center rib of the leaf is easy to see here.
Virginia Flue cured tobacco. The big center rib of the leaf is easy to see here.

That big dark center rib is not something you want in your cigarette. Turkish tobacco leaves also have a center rib but it’s so small that you don’t have to do anything with it. You do have to strip it out of all American tobaccos. In a pound of whole leaf tobacco, the center rib will account for about 4 ounces so, you get about 12 ounces of leaf to use in your cigarettes. That amount of tobacco will make up about 1.5 cartons of cigarettes. I usually find where the center rib has become pretty small near the top of the leaf, break the rib there, and then strip from that point downward to the base of the rib.

Once you have the center ribs out of the leaves, you’ll need to shred them. There are various methods of doing so. You can stack your leaves (all one type) and use scissors or a sharp knife to shred them. A YouTube video of doing that is here:

Another, easier, method can be using an inexpensive ($37.95) hand cranked tobacco shredder. That can be purchased on ebay ( and seen in use here:

There are power shredders of various types available too. They cost about $280 and the best is the PowerMatic shredder in my personal opinion. If that sounds like a lot of money, it is but if you figure things out, buying commercially made cigarettes is going to cost the 2 pack per day smoker about $500 per month as is. Using whole leaf tobacco, your cost per month will be less than $70 for tobacco and rolling supplies so, even buying the expensive power shredder, you’ll still save $150 the very first month and the shredder will last YEARS!

I shred all of my tobacco right away keeping each type separate until I decide to blend up a batch.

Blending is pretty easy too! I use a little pocket scale, like the one available on Ebay here ( even more accurate than the one in the video below, to measure out each kind of tobacco I want. Learning to blend your tobacco is pretty well laid out in this video:

Once you’ve got your tobacco blend figured out, you’ll know exactly how much of what kinds to order! Finding whole leaf tobacco by the pound is easy! It’s about to get even easier and a little cheaper when goes online! They’ll be selling whole leaf tobacco at $15.99 per pound while the other two major retailers sell it at about $16.99 per pound.

As for actually making cigarettes, I use a tobacco injector machine (you can get a nice one like this for about $30: to fill cigarette tubes but, I’ve also rolling using papers and filters. Either method is easy enough. Here is a video on rolling cigarettes using papers but no filters:

If you want to use an injector machine, and I bet you will eventually, this video show you how:


So, I hope this blog was informative and gave you ideas! remember, there is no really good reason to be paying $6 or more for your pack of cigarettes! In fact, if you’re spending more than $1 for each pack of smokes, you’re paying too much!

Oh, everything you need is available at!